Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
As the Grosvenor was preparing to leave its British port, the wind died and the ship lay anchored in the Downs. The crew aboard grew increasingly discontented; at last, the cook stopped Mr. Royle, the second mate, and showed him a biscuit from the ship’s store. This biscuit, as well as the other food served to the crew, was crawling with vermin and inedible. When Mr. Royle brought the matter to the attention of Captain Coxon, that officer was indignant; the food was good enough for sailors who, he insisted, had eaten much worse food. Furthermore, he did not want Mr. Royle to fraternize with the crew. It was apparent, however, that the crew was likely to mutiny once the ship was on the high seas, and so the Captain and Mr. Duckling, the first mate, went ashore and came back with an entirely new crew.
After the ship had been a few days at sea, the new crew approached Mr. Royle to complain of the rations. The Captain had the food brought to his table, where he tasted it without flinching, but he hinted that he would put in at some convenient port and take aboard new stores. When he made no attempt to change the ship’s course, however, the crew became even more resentful. Mr. Royle tried to remain neutral. If he so much as spoke to any of the crew, the Captain would consider him mutinous. It he sided with the Captain and Mr. Duckling, the crew, in the event of a mutiny, would probably kill him. Nevertheless his anger mounted, and his disgust...
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